A dozen people were injured in the explosion of a parcel bomb Friday afternoon in a pedestrian street in Lyon, according to media reports that police sources.
The package, which contained screws, nails or bolts was deposited in front of a bakery on a busy shopping street in the heart of this city, one of the main in France. A man of “about thirty years” would have been seen depositing the parcel. He is actively wanted by the police, according to media.
The sector was evacuated and cordoned off by the police, and the antiterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor’s office seized the investigation. Several metro stations were closed near the site of the blast, the police said on Twitter.
President Emmanuel Macron referred to “an attack”, and reported “wounded”, but there is no “victim”.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has decided to cancel his participation, scheduled for Friday night, at the last campaign meeting of the list of the majority in European Sunday. Following this explosion, which has not been claimed for the moment, the Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner announced the strengthening of security.
“Following the explosion in Lyon, I have just sent instructions of vigilance to all the prefects to strengthen the security of public sites and sporting, cultural and religious events,” the minister announced on Twitter .